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What is a Medical Marijuana Consultant?
Medical marijuana consultants assist medical marijuana patients in choosing products that will best treat their conditions. They explain potential benefits and risks of various medical marijuana products and show clients how to properly use and store those products. It's important to note that medical marijuana consultants are not medical practitioners; they cannot diagnose conditions nor provide medical advice.
Medical marijuana consultants might offer their services independently or be employed by a medical marijuana dispensary; for example, in Washington State, a certified medical marijuana consultant must be on staff at each licensed and medically endorsed store.
|Educational Requirements||High school diploma. In some states, completion of a training program is required. CPR training also might be needed.|
|Job Skills||Knowledge of medical marijuana law; knowledge of marijuana products; ability to recognize abuse, addiction and overuse; retail sales and/or customer service skills|
A high school diploma is typically required to work as a medical marijuana consultant. Additionally, some states require completion of a training program. For example, to earn certification in Washington State, prospective medical marijuana consultants must be at least 21 years old and complete a 20-hour training program, which covers such topics as state marijuana laws and rules, qualifying medical conditions, effects of cannabinoids and medical marijuana products. They also need to complete CPR training. Continuing education is required for annual renewal of one's certification.
Those who practice independently also would benefit from completing a medical marijuana consultant training program, which are offered both in-person and online. Additionally, they might want to take some business courses to learn how to run and promote their services.
Medical marijuana consultants must be familiar with their state's medical marijuana laws (and keep up to date on changes) so they can answer any questions patients might have. They also should know about the different strains of marijuana, along with CBD, concentrates and edibles, that they will be recommending to patients. Medical marijuana consultants should be able to recognize signs of abuse, addiction and overuse in patients, and they must employ personal ethics to maintain patients' privacy. Additionally, retail sales and/or customer service skills will prove helpful when working one-on-one with patients as they shop for products.
Career Outlook and Salary
As of 2018, 30 states and the District of Columbia had legalized marijuana for medical purposes. While there are no official career outlook statistics for this field, it's reasonable to assume that job prospects for medical marijuana consultants will increase as more states continue to legalize medical marijuana.
Salary statistics for this profession also are difficult to pinpoint. However, employment ads for medical marijuana consultants across several states in March 2018 typically indicated a salary of $30,000 to $40,000 a year.
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